Fairfax County Faith Communities Win National Award


June 20, 2008

News Highlights

  • Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action (FCIA) receives the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster 2008 Preparedness Non-Profit Partnership Award.
  • FCIA has partnered with local organizations and government agencies since 2005 to strengthen regional emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

More Information 

The Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action (FCIA) Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee has been awarded the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster 2008 Preparedness Non-Profit Partnership Award. FCIA Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee has partnered with local organizations, nonprofits and government agencies since 2005 to strengthen regional emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts. The following programs were recognized:

Faith Community Connectivity and Coordination with Government and Non-Profit Emergency Agencies and Organizations

FCIA Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee actively encourages faith communities to participate in partnerships with local government agencies and non-profit organizations engaged in emergency preparedness efforts. Some of these collaborative efforts have recently resulted in active faith community participation in the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management’s initiative to develop the Special Needs Registry, and the Department of Family Services’ initiative to establish an Interfaith Chaplain Corps for emergency shelters and family assistance centers. The committee also has representatives on the Fairfax County Citizen Corps and the Northern Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NoVa VOAD).

“Ready… Pack… Go” Campaign

This campaign encourages residents to prepare an emergency supply kit that can be taken to a basement, interior room, public shelter, friend’s house or other safe area during an incident. It is a collaborative effort among faith communities, NoVa VOAD, Fairfax County Citizen Corps, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and several other county government agencies.

The program was launched in 2005 and a second wave of promotion is currently underway. During the 2005 promotion, more than 70 faith communities were trained to promote and educate their respective congregants on the assembly of a home emergency supply kit.FCIA

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Summit

In 2007, the FCIA Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee collaborated with the Fairfax County Health Department to organize a Pandemic Flu Preparedness Summit for faith communities. Some 150 faith community leaders participated in the summit to learn how pandemic flu could impact the local community; how the local government is preparing for an outbreak; and how the faith communities can get prepared and be an asset during an incident. 

Interfaith Emergency Planning Newsletter

This newsletter, which is distributed every other month to more than 900 faith communities, focuses on faith-based emergency preparedness, response and recovery. It provides information on emergency preparedness issues; local government and nonprofit emergency management response and recovery systems; networking and coordination opportunities; trainings and program development resources; and faith community program models.

FCIA Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee represents more than 600 individual faith communities and 50 faith-based organizations in Fairfax County. Its communication network reaches the surrounding Northern Virginia jurisdictions providing emergency preparedness, response and recovery information to over 900 houses of worship.

For more information about these campaigns and the award, contact the Fairfax County Community Interfaith Liaison Office at 703-324-8272, TTY 703-324-7914.

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